New briefing on indicators on violent punishment for the Sustainable Development Goals

The Global Initiative has produced a new briefing to promote the adoption of indicators on violent punishment for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the 17 global goals which make up the the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was formally adopted at a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly held in New York on 25-27 September 2015.

Ending violent punishment of children – a foundation of a world free from fear and violence calls for the adoption of two global indicators on violent punishment under SDG target 16.2, which aims to end all forms of violence against children. The first proposed global indicator is on elimination of violent punishment – Percentage of children aged 0-17 years who experienced any physical punishment by caregivers in the past month – and the second is on prohibition – Violent punishment of children is prohibited in all settings of children’s lives including the family home. The briefing highlights that these indicators are highly suitable and relevant and entirely feasible, as easily adaptable internationally recognized data sets already exist. It emphasises that prohibiting and eliminating violent punishment is key for target 16.2 and highlights the other targets which these indicators would monitor.

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